In Jesus' prayer to the Father, He asked that His disciples, His followers, be sanctified by the word of God. Sanctification is the act of being set aside, or consecrated.
The word of God is meant to clean, purify and separate us. It was never intended to be used as a co-sign on our sin or worldly thinking. The Scriptures were ordained for rebuke, correction and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16).
God's word should not be a weapon we use for debates and arguments, to cut and slander one another. Neither should we study it seeking loopholes that will justify our carnal thoughts and behaviors. Instead, it should be a tool... it IS a tool - sharper than a two-edged sword, to discipline and purify us.
Even in my own life, I am in yet another season of self-evaluation. There are some things God is pulling me away from, not necessarily because they are wrong or blatantly sinful, but because they are COMMON. To be set aside means a difference must be evident. Holiness is unto perfection, so pruning is a continuous process.
We, indeed, are sanctified through the word. The lack of holiness in our lives is a direct reflection of our ignorance of God's word and a lack of relationship with Him. Holiness is not up for debate. We must be different. Where is the remnant? What is God's word pulling off of you? Don't fight it. Just let God mold you into the vessel of honor Jesus prayed for you to be.
ORDER IN THE CHURCH!